Athleticno 0 Renaissance 4
Renaissance have notched up their third win on the spin, after making light work of 6 man Athleticno. A brace from Machiavelli, and one each from Coluccio and Rembrandt, put the blues on course for a comfortable win.
With three squad players missing, Renaissance gave a third debut of the season to midfielder Jon Campbell. He slotted in nicely, and played his part in both defence and attack.
Renaissance went at Athleticno from the get go. They enjoyed a lot of possession, and created a string of chances. Towards the mid point of the half, the blues went one up. Following a good passing sequence, Machiavelli played in the advancing Coluccio. He showed the required composure to calmly guide the ball past the Athleticno stopper.
It was soon two nil to the blues. Machiavelli scored his first of the night when he showed impressive strength and speed to beat a defender and find the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Renaissance went in 2-0 up at half time, but easily could have doubled that, as Athleticno battled to stop a blue tide.
Things continued in the same vain during the second half. It soon became apparent that Athleticno realised that they were heading for a defeat, and thus sat back, perhaps looking at a damage limitation job. Da Vinci and Brunelleschi both came close to adding to the scoreline, but a combination of the woodwork, and some impressive goalkeeping, meant that things remained comparatively close.
Player manager Rembrandt got his name on the score sheet soon after, following a cross from Da Vinci. The gaffer rose to the occasion with a superb downwards header that left the keeper with no chance.
During this period, Renaissance defended resolutely. Even though by now, Athleticno only offered the odd counter attack, the blues were quick to snuff out any half chances. Renaissance made it 4-0 with about six minutes remaining, when Machiavelli raced through and made no mistake with his finish.
This was to be the end of the scoring, but it could have been a heavier defeat for an Athleticno side who were weakened by having a player less, and never really looked like troubling Renaissance as a consequence.
There are three games remaining in the season for Renaissance. The blues do not play next week, and will be hoping that title rivals Big Kick drop points. With a game in hand and one point ahead, Big Kick remain in the box seat. One hopes that by the time the two teams meet on the last day of the season, there is more than mere pride at stake for Renaissance.